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New Hydro Bike Keeps Rider on Water's Surface

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Just when you think every type of watercraft has been imagined, creators come out with something new. An upcoming bicycle from a New Zealand startup called Manta5 has the ability to transport riders completely on top of the water.

The water toy is made using a product called hydrofoil, which is a foil used to lift watercraft so that it can ride on top of the water’s surface. Manta5’s creation is called the Hydrofoiler XE-1, which has electric power that supplements a rider’s own pedaling to keep it moving forward.

But where land-based bikes spin wheels to move across surfaces, the Hydrofoiler XE-1 uses propellers. The propellers are also joined by submerged wheels, which help distribute the rider’s weight, keeping the bicycle upright. The bike is also easily transportable, making it easy to store in your vehicle for that impromptu after-work trip to the lake.

The bike has a rechargeable lithium battery to keep the motor running. For a rider weighing 190 pounds, this battery can keep the bike going for about one hour. Currently the bicycle is only available for pre-order in New Zealand, but Manta5 hopes to sell it in the U.S. by 2019. Retail cost for the bike is estimated at between $6,000 and $8,000 USD.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and novelist whose work has appeared on NYPost.com, PSMag.com, the Intuit Small Business Blog, and many others. She is the Simon & Schuster author of 8 children's books, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series, 25 Roses, and 30 Days of No Gossip.

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